More on Bram
It is with sadness that we report the death of Bram Reijnhoudt. He was an understanding in the Laurel and Hardy world in the Netherlands and far beyond. Author of many books but certainly of the wonderful magazine Blotto that was dedicated entirely to Stan and Ollie and the Sons of the Desert. Thanks to Bram there is a Jitterbugs Tent in Bergen on Zoom! We are extremely grateful to him for that.
Terheijden Jp on Facebook
There are many fond tributes to Bram throughout the social media.
Laurel and Hardy in Talking Pictures TV season
Talking Pictures are offering a positively amazing programme of Stan and Babe as follows
Saturday 3rd July
Brats at 9.10am
The Music Box at 4.00pm
Pack Up Your Troubles at 4.40pm
Sunday 4th July
Another Fine Mess at 4.00pm
Sons Of The Desert at 4.35pm
Lauren and Hardy at Home 5.55pm
What a feast to enjoy.
The Perry Winkle
The latest edition of The Perry Winkle has arrived. It is too good to put down!
Congratulations to editor Roger Robinson and his team on reaching number 92 with another super read.
Evening with Neil Brand
I wanted to let you know about a fantastic event we have coming up at our summer festival this year.
“Arguably the country’s greatest silent movie score composer” – Mark Kermode
Pianist/silent film composer Neil Brand will be accompanying a number of Laurel and Hardy’s silent films, including You’re Darn Tootin’, on Saturday 7th August, 7.30pm, at St Thomas’ Church, Kendal (not far of course from the Ulverston connection here in Cumbria).
Neil Brand tells the story of cinema’s finest comedy team, accompanying their solo silent films on piano as well as their wonderful early films together before joining the boys (with full audience participation) as they try to make a living as musicians in You’re Darn Tootin’.
The link for the event is here: https://www.ldsm.org.uk/event/laurel-hardy-tribute/
Tickets are available at a range of prices: £18, £14, £10.
Lake District Summer Music
01539 266 202
Well, who else could be selected as the subject this month? Mr Laurel of course.
As ever, the first to respond with a maximum score will be deemed to have won this month’s prize, I hope they like beer?
The correct answers will be sent out to those who have taken part later in the month, have fun.
County Hospital Tent
On 4th June the County Hospital Tent had a real meeting at Clayton Village Hall thanks to the support of Bradford Community Cinemas and Clayton Community Cinema.
Grand Sheik Dave Ballard says, “The venue is a temporary measure and we will be using Clayton Village Hall as it has plenty of space, Covid safety measures in place, a large screen and also a bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.”
Progress on Laurel & Hardy's Road to Laughter movie
Gary Winstanley reports a “Very productive day in Glasgow (10th June) with Willie McIntyre and Bill Crouch.” Gary was filming a section on the Scottish aspects of Stan’s early years in Scotland.
Gary and Willie and the Panopticon in Glasgow
Willie and Bill at the house where the Jeffersons lived in Rutherglen
Gary and Willie and the house where the Jeffersons lived in Glasgow
Periwinkle's goat’s milk
Here is something I saw at the grocery store .
Fez on auction
Spotted by Bill Crouch.
One of those photos of the derelict interior of the Panopticon brought back some memories.
I remember climbing some stone "back stairs" and being shown round the remains of the theatre. A small group of of us were on the stage and I vaguely remember great holes in the floor, and tattered threads of curtains hanging down at the back.
Just as though the place had been sealed up and abandoned. Which I suppose is just what had happened.
Quite a privilege to be given access, I suppose. It all seems quite unlikely now, in these health and safety days. But I'm sure it did happen.
On a BBC2 programme (01.06.21.) David Jason said how much he admired the old comedians such as Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.
Their names crop up all over the place, don’t they!
... and finally